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Nibali set to win Tour; Martin wins time trial (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 26, 2014, 3:47 pm]
PERIGUEUX, France (AP) -- Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France by retaining a lead of several minutes from the penultimate stage, a time trial won by German speedster Tony Martin.

Time trial stage underway at Tour de France (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 26, 2014, 9:03 am]
BERGERAC, France (AP) -- Riders are setting off one-by-one in the Tour de France's Stage 20 time trial, with two places on the final podium beneath yellow-jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali up for grabs.

Podium places to be decided in final time trial (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:11 pm]
By Julien Pretot BERGERAC France (Reuters) - After almost three weeks of action-packed racing the minor podium places in the Tour de France are likely to be decided in Saturday's final time trial. The 54-km solo effort against the clock between Bergerac and Perigueux should be won by German Tony Martin, triple world champion in the discipline, but most eyes will be on a couple of Frenchmen and Spain's Alejandro Valverde. Italian Vincenzo Nibali is expected to wrap up the Tour title as he leads Thibaut Pinot by 7:10 - a virtually unassailable lead if the Astana rider avoids crashes on a straightforward course. Pinot, who is not a time trial specialist but has dramatically improved in the discipline this season, holds a 13-second lead over compatriot Jean-Christophe Peraud while Valverde lies fourth overall, two seconds further back.

With Nibali in command, Tour is about 2nd place (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:40 pm]
Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team a stage victory Friday at the Tour de France. Now cycling's great showcase is reduced to this - the race for second place behind Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian, who has all but won the yellow jersey, cruised to the finish in Stage 19 in the rain-splattered pack behind the Lithuanian's breakaway. Only a mishap of the highest order during Saturday's time trial would deny Nibali victory in Paris on Sunday.

5 Things to know about the Tour de France Stage 19 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:26 pm]
A rain-soaked stage across southwest France that was earmarked for sprinters became instead the occasion for a hard-won victory by U.S. team Garmin-Sharp's Ramunas Navardauskas. The finale of Friday's 208.5-kilometer (130-mile) stage from Maubourguet to Bergerac was disrupted when a chasing pack of sprinters crashed in the rain-slick final kilometers, leaving Navardauskas to claim Lithuania's first Tour de France stage victory. Here are five things to know about Friday's Stage 19 of the Tour de France: RAMUNAS DE BERGERAC: Stage 19 winner Ramunas Navardauskas' teammates were unanimous in their praise of the Lithanian rider's performance Friday, which they said confirmed qualities they've long known about but which the rider they call ''Honey Badger'' has tended to keep quiet about. Garmin-Sharp teammate Jack Bauer was still bleeding from a crash in the finale and wasn't even sure who'd won when he stopped shortly after the finish line to talk to reporters.

Tour de France 19th stage at a glance (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:42 pm]
BERGERAC, France (AP) -- A brief look at the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Friday:

Navardauskas delivers for Garmin as Nibali retains lead (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 4:27 pm]
By Julien Pretot BERGERAC France (Reuters) - Ramunas Navardauskas finished off Garmin-Sharp's plan to win the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-km ride from Maubourguet on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. Five days after team mate Jack Bauer was caught by the peloton a few meters from the line after a 222-km breakaway, the Lithuanian attacked on a short climb close to the finish and never looked back. German John Degenkolb took second place seven seconds behind and Norway's Alexander Kristoff finished third after the main bunch was split by a late crash on roads made slippery by torrential rain earlier in the day. "I was the first to crash, I did not know what happened," said Slovakian Peter Sagan, who had been tipped as one of the stage favorites.

We can help Wiggins on track and road, says Brailsford (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 3:35 pm]
Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins can stay with Team Sky and realize his 2016 Olympic ambitions on the track despite saying he is done with road racing, team principal Dave Brailsford said on Friday. "It's doable, that's for sure," Brailsford told the BBC. Wiggins signed for Team Sky in 2010 but has yet to agree a new contract after Brailsford left him out of this year's Tour de France line-up. Wiggins won a silver medal on the track at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday before saying he was done with road racing.

Navardauskas wins Tour 19th stage, Nibali in yellow (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 3:23 pm]
By Julien Pretot BERGERAC France (Reuters) - Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas won the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-km ride from Maubourguet on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. Garmin-Sharp rider Navardauskas attacked in a short climb close to the finish and never looked back as German John Degenkolb took second place. Norway's Alexander Kristoff finished third after the main bunch was split by a late crash. Nibali still leads France's Thibaut Pinot by 7:10 and another Frenchman, Jean-Christophe Peraud, who crashed but said he was fine, by 7:23, ahead of Saturday's decisive time trial.

Navardauskas wins Stage 19 of Tour de France (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 3:20 pm]
BERGERAC, France (AP) -- Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas has won the 19th Stage of the Tour de France in a breakaway in a downpour into the town of Bergerac.

Cycling-Navardauskas wins Tour de France 19th stage (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 3:08 pm]
BERGERAC, France, July 25 (Reuters) - Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas won the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-km ride from Maubourguet on Friday. Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. (Reporting by Julien Pretot,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

Old geezer Mura types Tour de France legend in modern era (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 2:17 pm]
By Julien Pretot ARGELES GAZOST France (Reuters) - Ashes fall from his cigarette as his puffy fingers play a distinctive staccato on a 38-year-old Lettera 32. Gianni Mura, who covered his first Tour de France in 1967 for La Gazzetta dello Sport, is the iconic figure in the race press room. The 68-year-old Italian, who now works for La Repubblicca, has seen Raymond Poulidor in his bath and drunk beers with Felice Gimondi. Almost 50 years after following his first Tour - the Tour when Tom Simpson died, he recalls - Mura has not changed a bit.

Cycling-Old geezer Mura types Tour de France legend in modern era (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 1:42 pm]
(Repeats story moved on Thursday adding PIX to slug) By Julien Pretot ARGELES GAZOST, France, July 25 (Reuters) - Ashes fall from his cigarette as his puffy fingers play a distinctive staccato on a 38-year-old Lettera 32. Gianni Mura, who covered his first Tour de France in 1967 for La Gazzetta dello Sport, is the iconic figure in the race press room. The 68-year-old Italian, who now works for La Repubblicca, has seen Raymond Poulidor in his bath and drunk beers with Felice Gimondi. Almost 50 years after following his first Tour - the Tour when Tom Simpson died, he recalls - Mura has not changed a bit.

Stage 19 for sprinters has begun on Tour de France (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:49 am]
MAUBOURGUET, France (AP) -- Tour de France riders are heading northward on a mostly flat Stage 19 that's likely to end in a bunch sprint.

No more 'cut-throat' grand tours, says Wiggins (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 11:25 pm]
Bradley Wiggins is turning his back on "cut-throat" road racing and has ruled out competing in any more grand tours, the 2012 Tour de France champion said on Thursday. Wiggins, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, will instead focus on the track where he hopes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in two years' time. "That will probably be it for the grand tours. I can't imagine doing that now." Wiggins, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, has not raced a grand tour since pulling out of last year's Giro D'Italia.

The un-Armstrong? Tour 'boss' Nibali wins Stage 18 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 10:39 pm]
ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) -- As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he's the ''boss'' of the Tour de France. Just don't compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling's greatest race, Lance Armstrong. In a tour de force on Thursday, Nibali blew away the peloton on a Pyrenees ascent too tough to be rated in Stage 18, all but locking up victory when the race ends in Paris in three days.

5 things to know about Tour de France Stage 18 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 8:00 pm]
ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) -- The Tour de France's final day in the mountains saw both of France's podium hopefuls rise in the overall standings, while Vincenzo Nibali won atop the punishing Hautacam climb to leave the peloton even further in his slipstream. The 145.5-kilometer (90-mile) Stage 18 over two hors categorie climbs from Pau to Hautacam left three riders within fifteen seconds of each other and fighting for a spot on the final podium when the Tour reaches Paris on Sunday: Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Peraud and Alejandro Valverde. Here are five things to know about the Tour on Thursday: DIRTY LAUNDRY: Vincenzo Nibali has won 16 yellow jerseys after his latest victory atop Hautacam in the Pyrenees.

Tour de France 18th stage at a glance (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 7:40 pm]
ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) -- A brief look at the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday:

Games-Silver for Wiggins as Meares takes historic gold (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 6:58 pm]
(Adds quotes) By Michael Hann GLASGOW, July 24 (Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins had to settle for the silver medal on his return to track cycling as England were beaten by Australia in the Commonwealth Games 4,000 metres team pursuit on Thursday. Elsewhere, Anna Meares claimed her fifth Commonwealth gold as she won the 500 metres time trial to move level with fellow Australian Bradley McGee as the most successful track cyclist in the Games. Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner who was left out of this year's edition by Team Sky, had pinned all his hopes on the track event after opting out of the road race and the time trail.

Shark Nibali goes in for the kill in final mountain stage (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 6:51 pm]
By Julien Pretot HAUTACAM France (Reuters) - Nicknamed the 'Shark of Messina', Vincenzo Nibali once again showed his teeth to stamp his authority on the Tour de France and is now cruising towards his maiden title in the race. The Italian became the first rider since the great Eddy Merckx in 1974 to win four stages (time trials excluded) in the same Tour by claiming the 18th stage at the top of the iconic Hautacam, draped in eerie fog. Nibali powered away some 11 kilometers from the top of the 13.6-km ascent and never looked back to extend his overall lead to 7 minutes 10 seconds over France's Thibaut Pinot. Should that happen, his winning margin could be the biggest since Laurent Fignon beat fellow Frenchman Bernard Hinault in 1984 by 10:32.





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